Preview: Will Thiem Loosen Djokovic's Iron Grip On The Australian Open Title?

Seven-time champion Novak Djokovic has lifted the Australian Open trophy more times than anyone else in history, and he has enjoyed one of his most dominant runs ever to reach the final this year. But Austrian superstar Dominic Thiem has been on a tear in Melbourne, lashing his groundstrokes through anyone standing in his way of a maiden Grand Slam championship. The question is, will Djokovic maintain his iron grip

Monfils, Gasquet Look To Make It 6 For 10 In Montpellier; All You Need To Know

Frenchmen have triumphed at all but two editions of the Open Sud de France, and former champions Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet will be among those looking to continue the tradition as Montpellier celebrates the 10th edition of the ATP 250 tournament. Monfils, who is set to be the top seed, captured the title at the inaugural edition in 2010 (d. Ljubicic) and again in 2014 (d. Gasquet). Gasquet reached

Paire Leads The Way In Pune; All You Need To Know

Frenchman Benoit Paire leads the charge at the Tata Open Maharashtra, one of three ATP 250 tournaments held in the week following the Australian Open. Paire, 30, is making his eighth tournament appearance and is a two-time semi-finalist (2017, 2018). He has made a strong start to his 2020 campaign, reaching his ninth tour-level final at the ASB Classic in Auckland (l. to Humbert).  The Pune singles field also includes

100 Slams Later, Clive Still Capturing Stars' Artistry & Ecstasy

What has changed more over the past 36 years? The way tennis is played or the way photographers ply their craft at tournaments? Like the ‘greatest player of all time’ debate, there is no clear answer. One man who has witnessed significant change in both is legendary Getty Images photographer Clive Brunskill, who is celebrating his 100th Grand Slam appearance at this year’s Australian Open. The 55-year-old Briton began his

Zverev Nails Winning Approach In AO SF Run

Alexander Zverev will not leave Australia with his maiden Grand Slam title, but the 22-year-old German does seem to have nailed the right mindset for how to make deep runs at major championships. The three-time ATP Masters 1000 champion advanced to his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open, falling to Dominic Thiem of Austria 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(4) on Friday night. Despite the loss, the run represents a

Thiem: ‘We Always Have To Beat All These Unbelievable Legends’

Dominic Thiem has already enjoyed two shots at Grand Slam glory, at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019. Now, after battling past 2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev in four sets on Friday evening, the Austrian superstar will get his chance at the Australian Open trophy. But in his way stands as difficult of an obstacle as you’ll find in tennis: seven-time champion Novak Djokovic in Melbourne. “We are

Thiem: From A Gruelling Off-season To The Australian Open Final

Editor's Note: This story was updated Friday, 31 January, 8.30am ET Dominic Thiem is one of the most physical players on the ATP Tour. His groundstrokes are not only powerful, but bruising, with heavy topspin keeping opponents back deep behind the baseline. The Austrian’s game is punishing, as he is happy to maintain that level of physicality for as many hours as it takes to grind his opponents down. On

Frank Froehling: 1942-2020

Frank Froehling, runner-up at the 1963 US Championships and a part of the 1963 and 1971 United States Davis Cup-winning teams, has passed away aged 77 after a long battle with leukaemia. Froehling first attended Trinity University in 1960, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and all-American honours in 1964. He compiled a 46-5 singles record as the No. 2-ranked player for the 'Tigers' (behind 1963 Wimbledon champion Chuck McKinley) and

Semi-final Preview: 'No Secrets' When Thiem Meets Zverev

After losing last year’s championship match at the Nitto ATP Finals, Dominic Thiem boldly declared that he’s “pretty sure we’re going to see a new and young Grand Slam champion next year.” That could happen as soon as this week, with the fourth seed battling seventh seed Alexander Zverev on Friday for a place in the Australian Open final. Having faced Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in three of his

Djokovic's Dominance In The Final Two Rounds Of The Australian Open

Once Novak Djokovic reaches the semi-finals of the Australian Open, he has proven himself tougher than ever. After defeating six-time champion Roger Federer in Thursday evening’s semi-final, the Serbian is now 15-0 once he reaches the last four at the season’s first Grand Slam. On Sunday, he will have a chance to lift his eighth trophy in Melbourne, extending his own all-time record. Most Australian Open Titles (All-Time)  Novak Djokovic